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  • Audio CD (15 Oct. 1985)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026ZLE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreaming Of Me (Single Version)
2. New Life (Single Version)
3. Just Can't Get Enough (Single Version)
4. See You (Single Version)
5. The Meaning Of Love (Single Version)
6. Leave In Silence (Single Version)
7. Get The Balance Right (Single Version)
8. Everything Counts (Single Version)
9. Love In Itself (Single Version)
10. People Are People (Single Version)
11. Master And Servant (Single Version)
12. Blasphemous Rumours (Single Version)
13. Somebody (Single Version)
14. Shake The Disease (Single Version)
15. It's Called A Heart (Single Version)
16. Photographic (Some Bizzare Version)
17. Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)

Product Description

DEPECHE MODE The Singles 81>85 (1998 UK 17-track digitally remastered CD album including Photographic & Just Cant Get Enough Remixes picture sleeve LCDMUTEL1)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Green VINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Barcode: 5016025682201

Depeche Mode are one of my favourite bands and although i think many would argue that their finest material would be to come after this compilation, however true that is, their early material stills holds a certain charm for me.

New Life is the perfect 80s anthem, insanely catchy and with an impeccable synth-melody as the outro kicks in you just fall back into a tune that is just as fun now as it was back then. Just Can't Get Enough is an equally classic tune and it's popularity is still evident in the fact the band still play it live.

Everything Counts is yet another highlight, illustrating the band's move toward a more industrial, darker sound - the layers of sound become more intricate, Martin's lyrics holding so much emotion and feeling in them delivered perfectly by Dave who i seriously believe ranks among the greatest male singers of all time.

Master and Servant and People Are People mark the height of their industrial sound and although they sound spectacularly dated, i love them - the way that whip sound is sampled in the former is just genius - the lyrics full of black humour also evident in the brilliant Blasphemous Rumours.

So, in conclusion, this serves as a perfect compilation of Depeche Mode's early years. Newcomers wishing for an introduction to the band are probably best getting 'The Best Of Depeche Mode, Volume 1' but for those wishing to see their beginnings as a brilliantly talented early 80s synth-pop band will find all their answers in this excellent compilation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By O. C. Rice on 17 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
A great compilation for new Modies - the original of this on vinyl was my first investment in the band and have been hooked ever since.
This re release to co-incide with "Singles 86-98" is a perfect compliment to the latter and does sound a great deal better thanks to the remaster. Also inc is the rare and brill version of Photagraphic from the Stevo "Some Bizare" compilation before Daniel Miller gave the infamous handshake that sealed the contract with Mute. DM have never been a band to exploit there fans as far as milking the compilation cow is concerned although the American market did come up with some inventive comps.
A great example of there sound progression through the 80's as the songs are played from earliest a la Vince Clarke to latest - Its called a heart. The video for the latter is great by the way, children of the corn style with martin looking his most glam. Stand out tracks that still sound fresh are "Everything Counts","Shake the disease" and "See you" which by the way Martin wrote at the age of 16. Another interesting footnote about the original release was that this was the first DM release to show the band on the cover, the reason they hadnt done this up till then was probably a mixture between trying to be a bit arty and avoiding associatting the look of the band at that time with the music and thereby dating it.Thank the Lord they didnt as those formative years were a bit of a fashion embarasment, but hey wasnt most of the 80s - long live black leather.Other highlights include blasphemous rumours and Get the balance right.My one criticism is that the update excludes those rare old photos seen on the original gatefold and it would have been nice to include lyrics, oh well "it doesnt matter"
Spend your pennies with conviction you wont be sorry,even if you have the original
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I mostly missed the first half of the eighties. Was there a wedding? A concert? never mind, I had my potions and powders and my old rock! And after stopping all that stuff,I was busy catching up in the second half, riding the wave of acid house without the acid, recapturing my lost youth, celebrating freedom, roaring around on a big bike and catching up on what I liked, which satisfied sixties tastes. My younger partner has recently taken to describing me as a "cougar" because of the nearly two decades between us, which places my partner firmly in the eighties and revelling in the excellent collection which is the subject of the review. Maybe because I missed a lot of this the first time around or just rejected it because the eighties was all rubbish (wasn't it?),I was surprised by how good they are, how well this music stands the test of time, and so I bow to my partner's taste, and Absolute eighties is on the DAB favourites in my car and we have a bridge where we can meet, and I can learn the meaning of love and try to shake my disease. Even if it does not entirely speak my language, what a voice!
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I am no great expert on individual groups . There are some I particularly like , others I get to sample them . I have reached an age where I choose to select" best of" selections of "best" albums" ( as per All Music Guide to Rock or Rough Guide to Rock) .My sound system is a simple Bose Wave and I listed to the sounds either direct or through Sennheiser wireles headphones. I buy "nearly new" second hand items where possible

This is the updated (1998 ) version LCDMUTEL1 and this remastered version has both a sharper sound ,has 2 extra tracks and and has a correct track order compared to the first issue of this " best of series from 1985. For those wishing to sample the music of Depeche mode ( rather than the individual albums) , this compilation ( and the 86-98 double album) should satisfy all but completists
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